Acne is a common condition characterized by obstructed sebaceous (oil) glands, pimples and sometimes deeper cysts or nodules that occur on the face, neck, or back. Some acne is caused by bacteria that are normally on your skin. When these bacteria get trapped in hair follicles without oxygen it causes inflammation. The Alma Harmony XL laser works with intense blue light to create oxygen within the trapped pore which destroys the bacteria causing the inflammation without harming the surrounding tissue.
The average person requires two treatments per week for four to six weeks. Occasionally, more treatments may be needed for certain individuals or conditions. Results are usually noticeable three weeks to two months after beginning treatment. One maintenance treatment may be needed every few months. Patients can expect quicker results than pharmaceuticals and a safe treatment with 80% acne clearance on average.
No tanning for six weeks prior to your appointment. You will want to check your medications and topical creams for photosensitivity and stop those two weeks before your treatment. If you have been using Accutane you will need to wait six months before receiving a treatment.
Most acne laser treatments are not painful although some produce minimum amounts of discomfort. Treatments are quick and only take a few minutes.
After treatment the area may be red and tender. This reaction will disappear in a few hours. Avoid chemical peels and other laser treatments on the area for two weeks. Avoid unprotected natural and artificial sun exposure of the area between treatments. Use a SPF of 30 as needed. Adhere to your treatment schedule for best results.
We do not accept insurance at this time, however we are working on in-house financing, care credit and a VIP service that spreads the cost over 12 months.